Barcelona set date for Sergio Aguero debut as former Man City striker battles for fitness

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Barcelona have finally set a date for Sergio Aguero to make his debut for the club after a long injury layoff. The former Manchester City goal machine has been side-lined since the summer, and fans at the Camp Nou should soon get to see the Argentine in action as seemingly doomed boss Ronald Koeman demands all hands on deck to lift Barca out of a poor run.

In a double blow for the Catalan side, Aguero’s injury news broke right in the midst of Lionel Messi’s emotional farewell from the club.

Despite going unbeaten in the league, terrible results and performances against Granada and Cadiz have contributed to a tough start for Barca, and the mood around the club is not positive.

At present, Aguero has been injured for over two months, but SPORT claim he should be in a position to make his debut on 17th October.

That will be music to the ears of fans and management, given they have been battling on with a sub-par, injury-hit squad.

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With all due respect, starting games with Luuk De Jong up top is a far cry from the glamour days of not so long ago when the likes of Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar led the line.

Barca are off the early pace set by Real Madrid, but the goal-scoring return from injury of young starlet Ansu Fati should restore some positivity, as would Aguero’s debut.

The 33-year-old scored 184 Premier League goals for City, to add to the 74 La Liga goals he notched for Atletico Madrid as a youngster.

His pedigree suggests he should relieve some of the goals burden from Memphis Depay and De Jong.


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The earmarked fixture against Valencia falls after an international break, a time which the club may use to make their long-awaited managerial change.

A poor recent run of results, and the nature by which they got to them, looks to have already spelled the end for Koeman, and the club are reportedly waiting to appoint Belgium boss Roberto Martinez when there is a break in their hectic schedule.

To play under Martinez was not what Aguero signed up for when he made the decision to head to Catalonia in the summer, and it remains to be seen how he will be impacted.

Martinez is no stranger to English football having cut his teeth at Swansea and Wigan Athletic before moving on to Everton, so he should be well aware of the threat posed by Aguero.

It would be a fitting welcome gift for the Belgium manager to have a fighting fit Aguero ready and waiting to make his debut.

At 33-years-old, Barca fans will hope the Argentine joins the action soon so that they can enjoy at least a couple of years with him at his prolific best.

Injuries continue to play their part however, and having marred the end of his City career they have done the same to the beginning of his stint at Barcelona. Even if he does return on 17th October, the main objective should be to stay fit and get through a run of games at the Camp Nou.

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